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10 Tips for Gut Health

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Gut health is so important because more than half of your immune system is in your GI tract.

Experts are now realizing that digestive, or gut health is linked to many diseases, so keeping your digestive system on track is one way to prevent serious illness down the road.

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Here are ten tips for gut health:

1. Healthy diet

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Consume mostly fresh, unprocessed and clean foods. Processed foods are broken down more easily into sugar, which can negatively impact your digestive health.

2. Eat more fiber

Aim for 25 grams each day.

3. Take or eat probiotics

Probiotics increase the amount of good bacteria in your gut. Yogurt, kefir, fresh sauerkraut and supplements are all good sources of probiotics.

4. Drink plenty of water

Eight 8-ounce glasses a day is a good place to start.

5. Exercise

Physical activity gets your colon moving, which leads to more regular bowel movements. Exercise can also help manage irritable bowel symptoms.

6. Talk to your doctor

If you experience frequent diarrhea or constipation, you should consult with your physician. You may have irritable bowel syndrome, which affects 10 to 15 percent of the population.

7. Chew your food thoroughly

It can ease the digestive process.

8. Limit alcohol and caffeine

Both are digestive stimulants and can disrupt the digestive process.

9. Manage your stress levels

Yoga, meditation, therapy or even journaling have been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.

10. Eat smaller, more frequent meals

To avoid overwhelming the GI tract.

The bottom line is trust your gut instincts.

What’s happening in your gut is directly affecting your health.

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